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Jhona Rosal of University of Perpetual Help System DALTA smashes the ball against Lyceum of the Philippines University during their match in NCAA Season 95 volleyball Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan. (Waylon Galvez)

Games Thursday (The Arena, San Juan)

8:30 a.m. – JRU vs Arellano (Junior’s)

10 a.m. – JRU vs Arellano (Men’s)

12 noon – JRU vs Arellano (Women’s)

2 p.m. – EAC vs St. Benilde (Women’s)

3:30 p.m. – EAC vs St. Benilde (Men’s)

5 p.m. – EAC vs St. Benilde (Junior’s)

By WAYLON GALVEZ

University of Perpetual Help System DALTA came through with clutch plays down the stretch to beat Lyceum of the Philippines University in a nail-biting five-settter 25-27, 25-23, 26-24, 14-25, 17-15 in NCAA Season 95 volleyball Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.

Jhona Rosal led the Lady Altas with 20 points punctuated by three service aces in a match that lasted two hours and 11 minutes to post their second straight victory in three games.

“Itong game namin ngayon, kumpara sa San Sebastian, unti-unti kaming nag-improve, yun naman ang importante. Kulang kasi kami sa preparation, so dito na lang namin sa NCAA nagagawa,” said Perpetual Help mentor Macky Cariño.

Yanca Tripoli, a graduating player, contributed 19 points while Jenny Gaviola had seven blocks to finish with 10 points, tossing in 13 excellent sets for Perpetual Help, which improved to 2-1.

Shyra Umandal contributed three of the Lady Altas’ 14 blocks.

Cariño said he wants the team to play with more consistency after committing 40 errors.

“Nakuha namin ng konti, pero kailangan namin maging consistent. Anyway, malayo pa naman ang liga, ang susunod namin na kalaban eh Mapua. Tatlong araw pa, marami pang dapat pag-ensayuhan,” said Cariño.

It was another heartbreaking five-setter loss for LPU, which could not get the job done when it had the chance.

The Lady Pirates fell to 0-3.

Alexandra Rafael, Ciamelle Wanta and Joy Onofre each scored 15 points while Jacquiline Acuña had five blocks for an 11-point outing for the Lady Pirates.

In the second game, Cesca Racraquin collected 19 points while Nieza Viray had 14 points to help San Beda improve to 2-0 to tie defending champion Arellano University at second spot with a 25-13, 25-9, 25-21 win over San Sebastian.

Racraquin and Viray combined for nine of the Lady Red Spikers’ 13 service aces in the one hour, 27 minute match.

The Lady Stags dropped to their third loss as in many games.

In men’s play, Louie Ramirez dropped 23 points while Ronniel Ramirez added 15 as reigning champion Perpetual scored a quick 25-22, 31-29, 25-20 win over LPU.

The Altas are unbeaten in three starts.

Kirth Rosos, meantime, had 10 points to lead juniors titleholder Perpetual Help in sweeping LPU 25-17, 25-17, 25-15 for a 3-0 card.

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